Ipswich Force basketball captain James Legan chats to his teammates during Saturday night's final game of the QBL season.
Ipswich Force basketball captain James Legan chats to his teammates during Saturday night's final game of the QBL season. Megan Low

Honest review: Time for Ipswich men 'to look in the mirror'

AS he plots his return to next year's state league, captain James Legan offered an honest assessment of where the Ipswich Force men went wrong this season.

It wasn't through any lack of ability or commitment that Ipswich lost eight close games in the Queensland Basketball League. It was more a case of not uniting as a team when the opportunity was there to win.

Despite the efforts of head coach Mick Conlon, Force finished 13th with won four wins and 13 losses this year.

Had a few of those tight finishes gone Ipswich's way, Force could have snuck into the top eight for the finals.

"As a team down there, we didn't learn how to close out games,'' Legan said.

"Mick wears a lot on his shoulders for the disappointing season but we (the players) have to come together and gel as a team and put together the right chemistry man to succeed.

"I felt like a few times we had egos and other personal agendas and stuff got in the way of the bigger picture man, which is winning games.''

Recovering from recent surgery on his broken right leg, Legan hoped the players returning to Ipswich Force next season took time to reflect during the off-season.

"It's looking in the mirror man and saying 'hey we've got to be better teammates, we've got to be better basketball players' because at the end of the day man, that's what the other teams are doing,'' he said.

"They are sacrificing minutes, or sacrificing points or assists, or stuff like that.

"We started off three and 0 (three consecutive wins) then we started losing.

"We just didn't click man.''

The injured skipper showed his spirit by encouraging his teammates from the bench on Saturday night. Force lost its final game 102-95 to South West Metro at Ipswich stadium.

It was still a three-point game in the final seconds before South West shot clear. That summed up Ipswich's season.

Legan wants to see Ipswich rebuild its selfless attitude for next year.

"We so many people on the team and so many different personalities and stuff like that, I felt like we needed to do more or at least hang around each other a little bit more,'' the team's leader said.

"We all had big plans, especially after we started three and 0 man.

"I felt like we were going to take over the league.''



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